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    Now all listen to the words that come before all else.
    We bring together our minds as one and give thanks to one another.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks to mother earth, for the life she gives.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks for the first fruits that grow, the strawberry.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks for all the medicines.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks to the tobacco we use to send our messages to the Creator.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks to all the different kinds of animals that help sustain our lives.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks to all the different trees, the maple is the most special of all.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks to all the waters, great and small.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks to all the different birds that entertain us.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks to the forces that work together with the earth, our grandfathers the thunders, who bring the rain to renew the earth.
    So be it our minds
    We bring together our minds and give thanks to our eldest brother the sun who gives us light and warmth.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks to our grandmother moon, she controls all of the life cycles on earth.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks to the stars that are our relatives, they beautify the sky.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks to the four messengers who give us guidance.
    So be it our minds.
    We bring together our minds and give thanks to the Creator of all, for it is the Creator that has brought us together as one.
    So be it our minds.
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